March Book of the Month: Girls on Fire
On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.
In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon—and Lacey’s secret history collides with Dex’s worst nightmare.
By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.
1. In your opinion, did any of the characters seem unrealistic or two-dimensional? Were the characters executed well by Robin Wasserman? Did you have a hard time imagining any of the characters?
2. At what point of the book did you begin to guess what the ending would be?
3. Did the ending surprise you?
4. Which clues did you realize you missed after the resolution of the "kidnapping"?
5. Who is your favorite character, and why?
6. How did Wasserman break different stereotypes of women in this novel?
7. Is the conclusion of the novel believable?
8. The parents in the novel are a big part of the narrative. How did the backstory of the parents add to or hurt the story of Dex and Lacey?
9. If you were to cast this novel for a film, who would play each of the characters?
10. How did music play a part in the characterization of each of the girls?
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